Amidst Seeker Driven/Word Faith selfishness and the Emergent mystic mush within mainstream evangelicalism Apprising Ministries now brings you something worth meditating upon.
This past summer it was reported that Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life (PDL) would be re-released for it’s 10th anniversary. In an effort to “attract readers from the millennial generation,” the cover of the book was redesigned and two new chapters were added, all in the hopes that a new generation of readers would finally “discover their purpose” with the help of pastor Rick Warren. Read more of this post
The Baltimore Sun reports:
An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city’s wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples.
The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors.
Post-Christian Europe became noticeably more Islamized during 2012. As the rapidly growing Muslim population makes its presence felt in towns and cities across the continent, Islam is transforming the European way of life in ways unimaginable only a few years ago …. Click here for full story
The national census for England and Wales has come out, and, as usual, this once-a-decade event has had all of its most significant points overlooked …. Click here for full story
So it is with Newsweek’s cover story on Jesus (Dec. 17), entitled, “The Myths of Jesus.” They show a Nativity scene with bubble quotes asking these questions: “Who Was Jesus?” “How Many Wise Men Were There?” “Did He Have a Wife?” “In a Manger or a Cave?” “Why Bethlehem?” Just in time for Christmas, they choose to stir up doubt.
Fresh off his attack on America’s gun control laws, Piers Morgan set his sights on another set of laws that trouble him, the laws of Moses and the Bible. But before he called for an amendment to the Bible to recognize “gay rights,” Morgan actually asked his guest, Pastor Rick Warren, a very fair question, and Warren stumbled in his answer.
For those who study their Bible and take it seriously there is nothing surprising about what’s going on around the world. Since we are in the last days we would expect to see the global state of affairs coming into perfect union with Biblical prophecy – one world government, one world monetary system, one world ecumenical system all aligning themselves like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. But what few people are talking about is the upheaval that must occur prior to all the puzzle pieces coming together. That’s when Mr. Fixit will jump in and avail himself as that one extraordinary world leader to bring peace and harmony to a broken world.
Comet Ison could draw millions out into the dark to witness what could be the brightest comet seen in many generations – brighter even than the full Moon.
A recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that e-book reading is rising while print-book reading is falling, resulting in a net loss in book readers across the country over the past year.
A conservative friend of mine was astonished to learn that a couple with two children in his town would need an income of $52,000 per year to live there. “I’m a CPA and I’ve had partners who didn’t make $57,000 some years,” he said.
That sounds about right, yet we have come to the point where a living wage, defined as the minimum hourly income necessary for a worker to afford basic needs, is close to the U.S. median family income. Nearly half of the USworkforce are unable to meet all of their families basic needs without some assistance from relatives or the government.
The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing a roof over their heads has more than doubled in the past two years, according to government data.
If the need to halt GMOs were not urgent enough, this article should scare the pants off you. Here we glimpse some of the potentials for the unabated and bizarre proliferation of GMOs. Some of these developments you will already know about (hopefully), but some will come as a surprise. As I see it we are now at a crossroads where we can still dismantle this dangerous and perverted manipulation of the very fabric of life, the sacred code of nature, which will undoubtedly affect each and every one of us in profound ways now and in the future.
The beginning of the year has traditionally been a time of optimism when we all look forward to the exciting things that are going to happen over the next 12 months. Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of things about 2013 that we already know are going to stink. Taxes are going to go up, good paying jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be destroyed, the number of Americans living in poverty will continue to soar, our infrastructure will continue to decay, global food supplies will likely continue to dwindle and the U.S. national debt will continue to explode. Our politicians continue to pursue the same policies that got us into this mess, and yet they continue to expect things to magically turn around. But that is not the way that things work in the real world. Bad decisions lead to bad outcomes. Instead of realizing that what we are doing is not working, our “leaders” continue to give us more of the same. As a result, there are going to be a lot of things about 2013 that will not be great. Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything will be “okay” somehow is not going to help anyone. We’ve got to make people understand exactly what is happening and why it is happening if we ever hope to see real changes. (Read More….)
America is rapidly becoming a nation of takers. An increasing number of Americans expect the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave, and they expect the government to dig into the pockets of others in order to pay for it all. This philosophy can be very seductive, but what happens when the number of takers eventually outnumbers the number of producers? In 11 different U.S. states, the number of government dependents exceeds the number of private sector workers. This list of states includes some of the biggest states in the country: California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maine, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and Hawaii. It is interesting to note that seven of those states were won by Barack Obama on election night. In California, there are 139 “takers” for every 100 private sector workers. That is crazy! The American people have become absolutely addicted to government money, and it gets worse with each passing year. If you can believe it, entitlements accounted for 62 percent of all federal spending in fiscal year 2012. It would be one thing if we could afford all of this spending, but unfortunately we simply cannot. We are drowning in debt, and we are stealing more than a hundred million more dollars from future generations with each passing hour. No bank robber in history can match that kind of theft. (Read More….)
Lee Duigon, contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, has written a tongue-in-cheek article that shares some of the newest Bible versions that, in this time of compromise, may one day arrive on book store shelves. One such version is the Self-Esteem Bible that is “guaranteed to give you a warm glow every time you look into the mirror to pray.”
Let me allow you in to a little secret of the blogosphere: The week between Christmas and New Years is the slowest week of the year for site visits. We are all busy and distracted and otherwise out of our routines, so traffic to blogs plummets to a mere forty or fifty percent of the usual. For that reason you’ll find many bloggers treading water, so to speak. Instead of investing a whole lot of effort in articles and series that will be missed by so many readers, they create lists and other lesser forms of content. For example, they might provide a round-up of the top stories at their blog from the previous year.
Speaking of which, I recently looked at the top articles of 2012 and was really surprised by what bubbled to the top. So here they are, as rated by the simple metric of page views, a measure of how many people pulled up the various pages in their browsers.
Heaven Is For Real – Heaven Is For Real continues to sell, though two or three of the competing “I went to heaven” books have given it some stiff competition in the genre.
Jesus Calling – Though my review of Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling was written in mid-2011, it continued to be read in 2012.
In Which I Ask Ann Voskamp’s Forgiveness – My review of Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts (#5 on this list) provides the context for this follow-up article.
Smilingly Leading You to Hell – Here’s one that I chewed over for months before finally posting it. It suggests that the attribute of “niceness” is a-biblical and massively over-rated.
Competitive Mothering – This article from May struck a nerve, though I can’t remember if it was a good or bad one.
One Thousand Gifts – My review of Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts takes the #5 spot for the year.
I Looked For Love In Your Eyes – This is an older article, a sad poem looking at the effects of pornography, that received some attention last year.
Visual Theology – My series of Visual Theology infographics caught on. I will group several of them together here, though they were the #3, #4 and #5 pages: The Order of Salvation, The Books of the Bible, The Attributes of God.
Real Marriage – I considered Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll a very disappointing book on marriage and critiqued it for much of what it teaches about sex.
Created To Be His Helpmeet – As I pulled up the list of this year’s most-read articles, I was very surprised to see this as the most-read. This review of Debi Pearl’s book on being a wife—an offensive and mean-spirited book that goes far beyond what Scripture teaches—must have resonated with others.
I guess the big takeaway here is that book reviews continue to lead the way. More specifically, critical reviews of popular books continue to lead the way. Not only that, but even the articles that were not book reviews, were in some way related to controversy (with the exception of Visual Theology). Clearly controversy sells, and people look to the blogosphere to help them sort through the compelling issues.